I primarily teach and work from a Multicultural-Feminist perspective that incorporates developmental neurology and is very relationally oriented. I have worked in a variety of multidisciplinary and multicultural clinical settings serving the needs of children, adolescents and families. I am very knowledgeable about the neurology of attachment, development and trauma and the use of interpersonal neurobiology in conducting therapy across the life span.
My main areas of expertise involve trauma, autism spectrum and other neurological syndromes, and multicultural work. Trans-racial adoption is of great interest to me and I work with many families who have adopted children, both domestically and internationally, who have been severely abused and/or trafficked pre-adoption. I use many different means of working with severely traumatized youth and adults. A good portion of my practice is working with people with severe and persistent dissociative disorders. I also work with people who have single incident trauma.
I have been involved with developing mental health programming in small culturally specific agencies and have been able to impact the development of both clinical and training models in those places. I have been blessed to be involved with the development of the Doctoral program in counseling psychology at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. My colleagues and I feel very strongly about teaching students within a mentorship model and have worked hard to develop a training program that is relationally grounded, culturally oriented and academically rigorous. I have had the opportunity to consult and train professionals in the United States and abroad.
I want my students and clients to grow into being completely and truly who they are meant to be in the world. My agenda for students and clients is one of love and conviction. I absolutely believe that each and every one of us has a purpose here in this world. I believe that the highest good is to Love and honor and protect others, particularly children and those who cannot protect themselves. I have learned over a long period of time that there is no such thing as self-sufficiency. We are all intensely and intrinsically dependent on one another.
I believe that every interaction has the potential to hurt or heal. I try to fall as much on the healing side as possible.
If you would like to know a little bit more about me you can read this interview about my professional roles:
Or this one about why I chose to become a psychologist
Save the Mango Bone for Me
Monday, September 10, 2023
The importance of humor and joy in parenting and family life
This is the Last Last time....
Saturday, July 28, 2023
Saying what you mean and meaning what you say to help your children learn inner discipline
Thursday, June 02, 2023
A guide to understanding your own emotions and reactions so you can help your child understand theirs
Individual, child, adolescent and adult therapy
Family and couples therapy
Trauma and Dissociative Disorders
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Integration of Body Mind and Spirit
Ongoing trauma consultation groups
Consultation and professional mentoring group for Women of Color
Supervision for Doctoral level Psychologists seeking Licensure in MN
Indiviudal consultation and mentoring
Training seminars and workshops
Trainings for mental health agencies, neighborhoods, schools, counties, and faith communities
Ongoing and one time trainings with time length determined by topic and need
Past topics include: Multicultural Orientation to service provision
Trauma Informed agencies
Dissociative Identity Disorder
Neurology of Trauma and Attachment
Trauma informed schools
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Working with ASDs in Corrections
and many more...